Home Theater for One Shakes Souls, Removes Fillings

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Sometimes an earth-shaking home theater setup just won’t do. A speaker enclosure can only fill the average sized room with so much sound. [Kevin Bastyr] has figured out a way around this. Do away with the room, and build the home theater INSIDE the speaker enclosure! [Kevin’s] creation is called Humorously Maniacal Milwaukee Makerspace Multimedia Machine, (or HMMMMMM for short). As the name implies, HMMMMMM was created at the Milwaukee Makerspace. The HMMMMMM reminds us a bit of the sensory deprivation chambers which were so popular in the 70’s. HMMMMMM’s purpose in life however, is anything but deprivation. The user (victim?) climbs through a 27” hatch and settles into a reclining position. An LCD display is mounted a comfortable distance away from the users eyes. Then movie (or brainwashing program) begins.

The sound system is what sets the HMMMMMM apart. The HMMMMMM utilises a 5.16 surround sound system. That’s 5 speakers and 16 10″ high efficiency subwoofers. We’re not sure if it would be better to call it a sound system, or a full-out frontal assault on the senses. We’re not kidding when we say senses as well. Bass this loud can be felt as much as it is heard. The HMMMMMM is has been measured at 148.6dB at 40Hz. That’s well into the hearing damage range. To be safe, HMMMMMM users must wear double hearing protection: foam earplugs and earmuffs.

[Kevin’s] graphs aren’t all smoke and mirrors either – he’s an audio engineer by trade, and made his measurements with a laboratory grade 1/2″ Bruel and Kjaer microphone. Sound pressure level testing isn’t without its dangers. During testing the 2050 watt amplifier powering HMMMMMM encountered a fan failure. The amp’s circuit board ended up scorched black with delaminated traces. The HMMMMMM however was none the worse for wear. Future plans for the HMMMMMM include RGB LEDs that flash to the beat, and a smoke machine to create that extra atmosphere when the escape hatch is opened.

Comments

  1. Addidis says:

    Drinking game…

    Re-read this post and have a drink every time they say “HMMMMMM”

  2. mike says:

    Stuck in a wooden box with overheating components. Wonderful!

  3. lol says:

    Can you say deaf in 60 seconds?

  4. Face says:

    Doctor, I think I might have epilepsy… Here, climb into this box with the pretty lights and lets have a look see..

  5. BurnsTheMail says:

    Looks comfy.

  6. Mikcs says:

    Hmmmmm…

  7. aztraph says:

    I wonder how long it would take for synesthesia to set in.

  8. Jamie says:

    every time it play’s a ‘hmmmmm’ you’ll need to replace your kidneys and other parts that dont handle excessive vibration well.

  9. tjbaudio says:


    I see your toy and raise you the real deal. BTW they also have a line of 1 box a side stadium cabinets.

  10. Mike Szczys says:

    So reading Adam’s post got a chuckle or two. Then clicking through to the project post really started in on the fun… but I lost it when I got the the graph with “More Awesome” and “Less Awesome” labels. Hilarious!

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